"If It Ain't One Thing" by Cheryl Robinson was a very interesting read. The story line was a little different from the norm, and that was a wonderful change from what I have been reading lately. Although the story revolved around Porter and Winona, I really enjoyed the supporting character Vanity. I would really love for her to have her own story told in a new book. All in all I highly recommend If It Ain't One Thing. Avid readers will be in for a nice treat.
With muscles like the Incredible Hulk, smooth brown skin like a chocolate river, and a personality that could melt ice, Porter Washington would be an apple in any woman's eye. Yet in the eyes of his long-term girlfriend, Reesey, Porter isn't good enough and can't do anything right. The outward beauty of Reesey blinded Porter in his early years, but with maturity he has learned to look for inner beauty. With his meager wages, Porter struggles to provide the lavish lifestyle Reesey demands. A devastating revelation is discovered that leaves Porter questioning everything he once knew. Also, there is a tragic circumstance from his childhood that is a constant reminder to him of someone that he loved and lost. Porter finally decides enough is enough.
Winona Fairchild has had her share of heartache. She strikes out at an early age and finds who she believes is her soul mate, only to be left jilted at the alter, pregnant and alone. Things finally seem to be looking up when Winona receives the job opportunity of a lifetime. She relocates back to Detroit from Houston to find herself facing her previous transgressions . Caught up in their own dysfunctional and tortured pasts, Porter and Winona seem to be poised on the brink of unhappiness henceforth and forevermore. Will they be able to relinquish the memories of yesterday and accept a brighter tomorrow?
IF IT AIN'T ONE THING is a compelling read. It touches on many social issues that plague society today such as parenting issues, sexuality identity, sensuality, and professional life in a flowing manner. Ms. Robinson does a good job in taking two underdogs who didn't always make wise decisions and injects some positivity into their lives. (RAW Rating: 3.5)
The beginning of this novel tells two stories, the first being the fine and single Porter Washington who leaves his his scandalous girlfriend Reesey once he finds out "his" son is really not biologically his. He lost his brother to a fire when they were young and because of that tragedy that is the reason he becomes a firefighter who will risk all to save someone in the line of duty. After moving out on girlfriend Reesey he lives with his mother until he can get back on his feet.
Winona Fairchild on the other hand had escaped Detroit after being embarrassed at the alter by her fiance. Having disappointed her father with her mistakes and embarrassess she moves to Texas and becomes successful and her success lands her in a top position in what she thought was "Chrysler" but later learns of the red tape of what she was really hired to do. She plans to make amends with family and friends and introduce her son to his real father.
You feel so bad for both Winona and Porter and all of the drama they have gone through to become full circle...Porter learns the hard way not to trust a married woman...all of the drama and twists and turns makes for a page turner that you will thoroughly enjoy.
This novel by writer Cheryl Robinson was previously published as Memories of Yesterday. Cheryl has become a remarkable success story after self publishing her first two novels When I Get Free and Memories of Yesterday. Both received stellar reviews while cultivating an intense fan base for her work.
New American Library recently released her second novel and I can definitely understand why. If It Ain't One Thing is a remarkable story written in a style that will hold your attention chapter after chapter. The author tells the story from the point of view of two main characters; Detroit Firefighter Porter Washington, a fine single brother with plenty of issues and Winona Fairchild, hard working single mother of two with several skeletons in her closet. How Porter and Winona come together and attempt to build a relationship is a story that takes us inside the souls of two people who have had their share of pain and sorrow; disappointment and now yearn to find just the right match..
Vividly drawn; the two characters become people that you care about and want to see survive their challenges in life. This novel is a modern day urban love story that at times is rough and brutal but also depicts tender love and human emotion. Porter is a brother without a cause. His work with the Detroit Fire Department has a lot to do with his older brother's death in a tragic house fire when he was a young boy. Left with their grandmother when their parents' marriage is on shaky ground the two brothers have only each other to sustain them. His brother's tragic death leaves him feeling pretty much alone in the world. It is a situation that leaves him looking for love in all the wrong places. He becomes your average playah with an unfaithful live-in girlfriend; mounting bills he can't pay and a splintered relationship with his parents.
Winona; a Detroit native had relocated to Texas after a traumatic break-up with her son's father. Having disappointed her own father due to the mistakes she made in life; she was made to feel that she could never go home again. After years of feeling insecure and unloved because she saw herself as an ugly duckling; her appearance changed as she got older. Yet; she still feels unattractive in her heart and she continues to make the same mistakes with the wrong kind of men in her life.
She makes a decision to make a major change when she lands a top position with a major corporation in Detroit and leaves Texas to return to her hometown and to mend fences with her judgmental father. She also has plans to finally confront her son's father.
The story is full of both surprise twists and turns and the expected considering the background of the two main characters. I laughed and cried with Porter and Winona as they struggled to find their way towards a future together. This novel should garner a well-deserved wider audience with it's re-release by a major publisher. Robinson has given us a novel that deserves a sequel.